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Giants Now: Chad Reuter's 5-round mock draft


Chad Reuter's 5-round mock draft

The time is near as we are a little over two weeks away from the start of the NFL Draft.

Analysts continue to update their first-round predictions as we approach April 25.'s Chad Reuter recently released an updated mock draft, this time giving predictions for the first five rounds of the draft.

Here are the players Reuter projected to the Giants, along with commentary from Reuter and analyst Lance Zierlein.

Pick for No. 6: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Analysis from Reuter: "Nabers is a quarterback's dream. His loaded toolbox includes the ability to win off the line and downfield with quickness and physicality, separate from defenders and adjust to throws away from his frame."

Nabers finished the 2023 campaign with 1,569 receiving yards, his second consecutive year with more than 1,000 yards. The 6-foot-0, 200-pound wideout brought in 72 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2022. He followed that up with a dominant campaign that saw him catch 89 passes and lead the FBS in receiving yards while ranking No. 2 in receiving touchdowns at the conclusion of the regular-season.

Nabers registered the most 10+ yard plays, 20+ yard plays and 30+ yard plays this past season. He finished his collegiate career as LSU's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, and was named Unanimous All-American and first-team All-SEC for his standout 2023 campaign.

Nabers, who doesn't turn 21 until July 28, is one of the youngest players projected to be taken in the first round of this year's draft. The young wideout shined at the LSU pro day, as he ran an unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash and also registered a 42-inch vertical and a 10'9" broad jump.

Pick for No. 47: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

Analysis from's Lance Zierlein: "Rakestraw plays the game with good physicality and a competitive tilt that defensive back coaches will enjoy... Rakestraw could become a good backup with eventual starter potential in the right scheme."

Rakestraw played in 36 games with 32 starts across four seasons with the Tigers. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound corner enjoyed his best season in 2022 when he started all 13 games at cornerback and finished with 35 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. His 12 pass breakups were the second-most on the team and he added an interception.

According to Pro Football Focus, Rakestraw surrendered 18 receptions for 197 yards and one touchdown on 277 coverage snaps this past season. Additionally, the analytics site gave Rakestraw an elite run defense grade.

View photos of EVERY player projected to the Giants in every round by draft analysts in mock drafts.

Pick for No. 70: Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

Analysis from's Lance Zierlein: "Big back who might need to table his desires to be an elusive runner and adopt a more physical, decisive approach as a pro. Benson had just two seasons of collegiate wear and tear, but he only hit the 20-carry mark in one game... Benson has some talent as a pass catcher and enough protection ability to warrant a role as a complementary three-down option."

After beginning his collegiate career at Oregon and playing sparingly, Benson saw extensive action for the Seminoles in each of the last two seasons. In 13 games as a redshirt sophomore, the 6-foot, 216-pound back carried the ball 154 times for 990 yards, good for an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and nine touchdowns while adding 13 receptions for 144 yards. He was named second-team All-ACC for his 2022 performance.

In 13 games last season, Benson registered 156 rush attempts for 906 yards (5.8 avg.) and 14 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 227 yards and an additional score. He was once again named second-team All-ACC.

Benson earned the third-highest athleticism score among all running backs at this year's NFL Combine, according to Next Gen Stats. He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, the third-fastest time among all backs, while his 1.52 10-yard split was the fourth-fastest at the position.

Pick for No. 107: QB Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

Analysis from's Lance Zierlein: "Four-year starter who took more starting snaps at South Carolina than he did at Oklahoma. Rattler will still flash glimpses of what he showed in his 2020 season as a Sooner but fails to consistently sustain the type of play that NFL teams look for."

Rattler had an up-and-down collegiate career at Oklahoma and South Carolina. His breakout 2020 campaign saw him complete 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions on his way to being named first-team All-Big 12. He also added 160 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. However, he struggled as a redshirt sophomore when he threw for only 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

After transferring to South Carolina, Rattler put together consecutive solid campaigns that put him back on the NFL radar. During his two seasons there, the 6-foot, 211-pound quarterback completed a total of 67.5 percent of his passes for 6,212 yards, 37 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also ran for 150 yards and seven touchdowns across his two seasons at South Carolina.

After participating in the 2024 Senior Bowl, Rattler was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Pick for No. 166: Justin Eboigbe, DL, Alabama

Analysis from's Lance Zierlein: "Tweener with solid power but below-average snap explosiveness and quickness, which prevents him from making more plays... Eboigbe's NFL frame and strong pop at contact could create an opportunity for him to compete for a backup role in 4-3 or 3-4 schemes."

Eboigbe broke out in a big way in 2023. Playing in 14 games, the 6-foot-4, 297-pound lineman registered 64 tackles, seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, all of which were more than he registered in his first four seasons combined. He was named first-team All-SEC for his performance in 2023.

His success last season came one year after he suffered a season-ending neck injury just four games into the 2022 campaign.

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